Imaginea Astronomica a Zilei

Descopera cosmosul! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

November 13, 1997
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Mars: A Sheer Close-up
Credit: MGS Project, JPL, NASA

Explicatie: (Edit) As the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft maneuvers toward its final mapping orbit, its cameras have been producing some sharp views of Mars. At a resolution of better than 30 feet per pixel, this image of a portion of the immense canyon, Valles Marineris, highlights the sheer mountain cliffs over 3200 feet tall near the canyon walls. The striking and extensive layering clearly apparent in the triangular mountain face was totally unanticipated. This exciting new result challenges common theories about the surface of Mars and argues that a complex early geological history is responsible for the current Martian landscape.

Imaginea de maine: A Gumdrop Galaxy

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Autori & editori: Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (USRA)
Reprezentanti tehnici NASA: Jay Norris. Specific rights apply.
Un serviciu al: LHEA at NASA/ GSFC
&: Michigan Tech. U.